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The Classical Music Thread 19 Apr 2013 10:16 #1

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Recently, I dipped my toe into the bathtub of classical music, well I have since discovered that it's less a bathtub and more of an ocean :D
So far I have listened to Ludwig Van Beethoven quite a bit, I bought his 9th symphony conducted by Fricsay and played by the Berlin Philharmoniker. I also bought Fricsay's interpretations of Beethoven's 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 8th symphonies. Let's just say I'm becoming a bit of a Beethoven fan :D his music is powerful and dark and delicate and light, I like it :)

I have a lot to learn but I'm enjoying classical, I usually listen to rock and that :chuckle:

Anyway, this is Ferenc Fricsay's interpretation of Dvořák's 9th symphony. Remember the Hovis ad? check out 10:00 for the music from that ad :O I was quite surprised :D

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The Classical Music Thread 19 Apr 2013 10:32 #2

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Dun dun dun duuuuuun, dun dun dun duuuuuun :D Quite a famous bit of music really isn't it? :chuckle:

Ferenc Fricsay Beethoven 5th Symphony Part 1

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The Classical Music Thread 19 Apr 2013 11:16 #3

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Beethoven's 3rd symphony 'Eroica'.









A brilliant, brilliant, piece of music. This is my second favourite Beethoven symphony after the 9th. Stunning.
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The Classical Music Thread 19 Apr 2013 13:40 #4

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Beethoven - Egmont Overture - Ferenc Fricsay

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egmont_(Beethoven)

Egmont, Op. 84, by Ludwig van Beethoven, is a set of incidental music pieces for the 1787 play of the same name by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.[1] It consists of an overture followed by a sequence of nine additional pieces for soprano, male narrator and full symphony orchestra. (The male narrator is optional; he is not used in the play, and he does not appear in all recordings of the complete incidental music.) Beethoven wrote it between October 1809 and June 1810, and it was premiered on 15 June 1810.
The subject of the music and dramatic narrative is the life and heroism of a 16th-century Dutch nobleman, the Count of Egmont. It was composed during the period of the Napoleonic Wars, at a time when the French Empire had extended its domination over most of Europe. Beethoven had famously expressed his great outrage over Napoleon Bonaparte's decision to crown himself Emperor in 1804, furiously scratching out his name in the dedication of the Eroica Symphony. In the music for Egmont, Beethoven expressed his own political concerns through the exaltation of the heroic sacrifice of a man condemned to death for having taken a valiant stand against oppression. The Overture later became an unofficial anthem of the 1956 Hungarian revolution.
The music was greeted with eulogistic praise, in particular by E.T.A. Hoffmann for its poetry, and Goethe himself declared that Beethoven had expressed his intentions with "a remarkable genius".
The overture, powerful and expressive, is one of the last works of his middle period; it has become as famous a composition as the Coriolan Overture, and is in a similar style to the Fifth Symphony, which he had completed two years earlier.



That's on my 9th symphony CD, and it's a brilliant version. Very powerful.
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The Classical Music Thread 22 Apr 2013 13:23 #5

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Beethoven Symphony 6, 4th Movement "Thunderstorm"

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The Classical Music Thread 22 Apr 2013 13:55 #6

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Beethoven 9th symphony, 2nd movement



Listen to this when I get into work, wakes me up!
Check out that channel to, love watching all the blippy colours go by :D
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The Classical Music Thread 22 Apr 2013 14:12 #7

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^^^^

It's a brilliant piece of music. The whole 9th Symphony is amazing. I love the stormy 1st movement too :)
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The Classical Music Thread 22 Apr 2013 16:33 #8

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Verdi: Requiem, Dies Irae



Antonín Dvořák - Dies irae (Requiem, Op.89, Part III)

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The Classical Music Thread 22 Apr 2013 17:10 #9

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A good docudrama thing about Ludwig van Beethoven. Quite good actually. The guy who plays Beethoven does a good job, even though he speaks in a posh English accent :D

The Genius of Beethoven Part1: "The Rebel"



The Genius of Beethoven Part 2: "Love and Loss"
20:53 to 24:00 Beethoven was the man :cool: You tell those cheeky gits mate :D


The Genius of Beethoven Part 3: "Faith and Fury"

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The Classical Music Thread 22 Apr 2013 20:08 #10

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It's a brilliant piece of music. The whole 9th Symphony is amazing. I love the stormy 1st movement too :)

I like 1 to 3 but 4 can do my head in sometimes. It's the famous bit too but after listening to the bits beforehand it seems out of place to me
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I like 1 to 3 but 4 can do my head in sometimes. It's the famous bit too but after listening to the bits beforehand it seems out of place to me

I've hardly listened to 4 actually, so I'll listen to that soon :) I've been really into the 3rd, 5th, and 9th a lot. I'm a classical music novice though, and I'm cutting my teeth (if that's the right term) on Beethoven :D
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I meant the movements in 9th, I don't like the 4th one 'Ode to Joy'. Doesn't fit with the rest.

Pretty new to classical myself, started listening to it when I had to do other things but needed something that didn't distract me too much.
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The Classical Music Thread 22 Apr 2013 20:57 #13

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I meant the movements in 9th, I don't like the 4th one 'Ode to Joy'. Doesn't fit with the rest.

Pretty new to classical myself, started listening to it when I had to do other things but needed something that didn't distract me too much.

Ah the 9th, I thought you meant the symphonies :emb: :chuckle:

Well Ode To Joy... I don't think it's supposed to fit in with the rest. In the presto, that short piece right before the singing bit, he goes over the other movements, plays them a bit, then discards them one by one, kind of searching maybe, sort of mulling things over to himself, then he starts quietly humming the ode to joy tune, and it gets bigger and more is added to it, then it all culminates in the big finale choral bit. I can't explain that well, but there's a lot there, I mean classical music is pretty deep stuff :D

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The Classical Music Thread 22 Apr 2013 21:08 #15

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^^^^

Beautiful tune :) I need to listen to more Bach. There's so much classical music, and so many interpretations and conductors. But there's so much to discover.
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Johann Sebastian Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 (Allegro-Adagio)

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The Classical Music Thread 22 Apr 2013 21:31 #17

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Well Ode To Joy... I don't think it's supposed to fit in with the rest. In the presto, that short piece right before the singing bit, he goes over the other movements, plays them a bit, then discards them one by one, kind of searching maybe, sort of mulling things over to himself, then he starts quietly humming the ode to joy tune, and it gets bigger and more is added to it, then it all culminates in the big finale choral bit. I can't explain that well, but there's a lot there, I mean classical music is pretty deep stuff :D

I haven't got as far as the presto thingy in a long time due to not liking the singing. I'll give it another go. Maybe I've been too prejudiced.

Here's another, it's sad but calming.



and the Jet Set Willy version if anyone ever played it :D

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Jet Set Willy... I was rubbish at it :chuckle: I had a CPC 464, my first games machine :D
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Barennboim on Beethoven "Appassionata" 1st Movement

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Storm from Pastoral Symphony Beethoven RNO Pletnev



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